Proverbs 20

1 Wine is a mocker, a beer is a brawler,

and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.

2 A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;
anyone who provokes him endangers himself. b

3 It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, c
but any fool can get himself into a quarrel. d

4 The slacker does not plow during planting season;
Lit plow in winter

at harvest time he looks,
Lit inquires
and there is nothing. g

5 Counsel in a man’s heart is deep water; h
but a man of understanding draws it out.

6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
but who can find a trustworthy man? i

7 The one who lives with integrity is righteous; j
his children
Lit sons
who come after him will be happy. l

8 A king sitting on a throne to judge
sifts out all evil with his eyes. m

9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am cleansed from my sin”? n

10 Differing weights and varying measures
Lit Stone and stone, measure and measure

both are detestable to the Lord. p

11 Even a young man is known by his actions
if his behavior is pure and upright. q

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye
the Lord made them both. r

13 Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor;
open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat. s

14 “It’s worthless, it’s worthless!” the buyer says,
but after he is on his way, he gloats.

15 There is gold and a multitude of jewels,
but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure. t

16 Take his garment,
A debtor’s outer garment was held as collateral.

for he has put up security for a stranger;
get collateral if it is for foreigners. v

17 Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, w
but afterward his mouth is full of gravel.

18 Finalize plans with counsel, x
and wage war with sound guidance. y

19 The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; z
avoid someone with a big mouth. aa

20 Whoever curses his father or mother ab
his lamp will go out in deep darkness. ac

21 An inheritance gained prematurely
will not be blessed ultimately. ad

22 Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil!” ae
Wait on the Lord, af and He will rescue you. ag

23 Differing weights
Lit A stone and a stone
are detestable to the Lord, ai
and dishonest scales aj are unfair.

24 A man’s steps are determined by the Lord, ak
so how can anyone understand his own way?

25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly
and later to reconsider his vows. al

26 A wise king separates out the wicked am
and drives the threshing wheel an over them.

27 The Lord’s lamp sheds light on a person’s life,
Lit breath

searching the innermost parts.
Lit the chambers of the belly

28 Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king;
through loyalty he maintains his throne.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,
and the splendor of old men is gray hair. ar

30 Lashes and wounds purge away evil, as
and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.
Lit beatings the chambers of the belly

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